Review: Silat Beksi appears on the What You Want imprint with a powerful little two-tracker in the same style as Romania's Slow Life entourage, and by that we mean that this is some poppin' minimal tech-house with extra levels of dread bass. "Shushu" clicks and staggers steadily, pushing through its dubwise flex with a freedom that's rarely heard in what is commonly thought of as 'dance' music. On the flipside, "Java" is similarly headstrong and floor-bound, with the addition of smoky harmonics that render it bizarre and alluring all at the same time. Top gear.
Review: "Salmon Spungcake" was one of the last things Claremont 56 super-group Bison recorded before the sad passing of two of its' founder members, Holger Czukay and Ursula Kloss in the summer of 2017. Two years on from its initial release, Bison members Ben Smith and Paul 'Mudd' Murphy (also label boss) have decided to get it remixed, with original producer Conrad McDonnell (he of Idjut Boys fame) providing two suitably heavy dub disco interpretations, making this the band's first release since the passing of Czukay and Kloss. Check first the spacey A-side hypnotism of the "Zip It Shrimpy Mix", where melancholic chords and spaced-out vocal snippets wrap around a particularly percussive dub disco groove. Arguably even better is the stripped-back, bass-heavy and reverb-rich "I Think I've Got Gout Mix", which sounds like it was tailor-made to manipulate mangled minds at four in the morning.
Review: Finn Casey and Thomas L aka Silk 86 team up with Blamma! Blamma! which coincidentally features Casey in conjunction with Brooklynite Nick DC and they all run new imprint Emotive together: this being their third release for the imprint. "Your Lovin" is a loopy disco edit sure to make them work up a sweat on the dancefloor with its funky bassline and sexy vocals. On the flip, "That Flow" follows in suit, going deeper into the night with its wild sax solo, life affirming dialogue and all round strong groove.
Review: Given that he made his vinyl debut five years ago, it could be argued that this debut album from Traffic Records founder Bodin Stojanovski is well overdue. As you'd perhaps expect, "Revox" retains a sharp club focus throughout, though there's still plenty of variety amongst the chunky, tech-tinged house cuts on offer. For example, compare and contrast the stabbing, acid-powered chunkiness of the title track, the shuffling, intergalactic electro of "Move Out", the subtle U.S garage and Motor City techno influences of "Gecko", and the stomping, lo-fi tech-funk of "Overture". Opener "Phonecall", whose bleeping, stabbing melodies will wriggle into your subconscious, is also superb.
Review: Publicity-shy Parisian Pepe Bradock is more than worthy of his cult status. Even so, it would be nice of him to give a bit of warning when he's about to drop a new 12". Exodus 8, his first outing of 2018, pretty much turned up with no prior warning. A-side "Is This Really A Party?" is, somewhat surprisingly, a much more straight-forward dancefloor track than we've come to expect. Although there are plenty of weird jazz samples and straight noises, the sludgy, bass-heavy rhythm track tips a wink to his lauded, turn-of-the-millennium deep house workouts. Flipside "Grandgousier" boasts some seriously snappy and bumping beats, with the eccentric French producer smothering it in more quirky electronics, delay-laden, barely audible vocal samples and trippy effects.
Review: Kiwi brothers Chaos In The CBD return to Mule Musiq with their third EP for the long running Japanese label. They are in fine form throughout, offering up cuts that combine great ideas and intriguing musical motifs with just the right amount of serious dancefloor grunt. They're in full on saucer-eyed mode on A-side "Hydrate", a breakbeat-sporting deep house roller whose extended ambient intro, swirling chords, whispered vocal samples, gentle acid lines and early '90s U.S garage stabs combine to create a suitably loved-up vibe. Flipside "Searching For Signal" is similarly inclined but sounds a touch more psychedelic, with trance-inducing electronics and heady chord sequences catching the ear above another shuffling breakbeat-driven groove.
Chaos In The CBD - "Emotional Intelligence" (feat Nathan Haines & Dave Koor) (6:21)
Chaos In The CBD & Lee Pearson Jnr Collectiv - "It's Up To Me" (feat K LaDawn & Joe Armon Jones) (5:08)
Chaos In The CBD & Lee Pearson Jnr Collectiv - "It's Up To Me" (feat K LaDawn & Joe Armon Jones - instrumental) (6:07)
Review: On this rare outing on Neroli, Chaos In The CBD has been joined by a wealth of friends and like-minded musicians. They first join forces with saxophonist and fellow kiwi jazz legend Nathan Haines and talented South London keys player Dave Koor aka Modified Man on A-side "Emotional Intelligence", a deliciously deep, positive and melodious affair rich in jaunty Clavinet riffs, simmering strings, smile-inducing chords and groovy, bongo-laden drums. On side B they offer up vocal and instrumental versions of "It's Up To Me". K. LaDawn, Joe Armon-Jones and Lee Pearson Jnr Collective are the guests this time round, and their contributions - hazy, soulful vocals, mazy electric piano solos, jaunty jazz-house drums and so on - help make the track a sensual, slow-burn dancefloor delight. Almost all Chaos In The CBD EPs are worth checking, but this one is extra-special.
Chateau Flight - "Baltringue" (The Body Language remix)
Chateau Flight - "116 BPM Beat"
Ceramic Hello - "Sampling The Blast Furnage"
I Cube - "Prophetization" (demo mix)
Fox 'n' Wolf - "Claws Against Knives" (Todd Terje/Bl edit)
I Cube - "Pazuzu"
Brifo - "Mi Piano Rojo" (Alex Attias mixes - main & Percumix)
Syncom Data - "Beyond The Stars" (beats)
Westbam - "Monkey"
Smith N Hack - "Space Warrior"
Riz Ortolani - "Il Corpo Di Linda"
Poni Hoax - "Antibodies" (Chateau Flight remix)
Henrik Schwarz - "Jimis 2006"
Punto - "3 Tempo 3"
Review: Following acclaimed contributions from Mandy, DJ T, Dixon and Jesse Rose, the fifth instalment of Get Physical's "Body Language" mix series comes courtesy of Chateau Flight (aka Gilbert Cohen and Nicolas Chaix). "Body Language Vol. 5" is a discerning, rich and tasteful celebration of the best in disco, techno, electro and house in all it forms and it's a joy to listen to, from start to finish. This is one Get Physical chartered flight you should not miss.
Review: Amongst those who dig for interesting, dancefloor-friendly electronic music from the early 1980s, Jacob Desvarieux's eponymous 1983 debut album is highly rated. It brilliantly joined the dots between zouk, boogie and beatbox electro, with all manner of other influences - reggae, most famously - being stirred into the producer's melting pot. Here, Endless Flight have licensed two of those tracks - the reggae-boogie brilliance of "Emotion", which includes subtle nods to a couple of disco classics, and the electro-zouk madness of "Sweet Florence" - and pressed them on a weighty 12" single. The latter track is given the re-edit treatment by Kuniyuki, who makes more of the layered guitar and organ solos, the original's wavy female vocals, and the killer original electro groove.
Review: Having skirted around a healthy spread of labels in the last two years, Deymare now appears on Soul Notes with his own take on pumped but smooth deep house of the 90s persuasion. On "After The Morning Comes" there's a strong swing to the drums that would sound right at home on a Guidance record, while "The Search For A Lost Dream" takes the same principles and slows it down to an easy glide, bubbling on a bed of bluesy keys. "Seduced By The Sound" chooses to take a slightly more jagged groove, while the pads create a more mystical kind of deepness.
Review: Since launching two years ago, Atipic's "LAB" series of EPs has played host to some of Romania's finest minimal and tech-house talents, including Cosmjn, Arapu and Floog. The latest to showcase his wares via an EP on the series is Direkt, a rising star on the Romanian underground with previous releases on Botanic Minds, Vivus and Abduction to his name. A-side "JJJ" is probably the pick of a pretty strong bunch. Hypnotic, groovy and blessed with an inherent sense of movement, the track includes some particularly punchy percussion, spacey motifs and the most subtle of background acid lines. Elsewhere, "Liquid" is a brighter and breezier chunk of ear-catching tech-house funk, while "End Credits" is deeper, woozier and clearly best appreciated in dark rooms at six in the morning.
Review: Maltese deep house dude Melchior Sultana becomes the latest addition to Jus-Ed's bulging list of collaborators, which also includes Levon Vincent, Fred P, Nina Kraviz, DJ Qu, Move D, Mr G, Lawrence and Son of Sound. The resultant jams are sweet, sticky and undeniably Moorish. Check, for example, the shuffling Afro-house beats, sumptuous electric piano solos, leisurely jazz guitars and spoken word vocals of "Choices", the piano and synth-bass driven breeziness of "Outside" and the classic deep house warmth of closing cut "Press It". "Now Scat", an ultra-deep, acid-flecked treat, is also top notch.
Review: Hyped Barcelona DJ/producer and '90s U.S sitcom fan DJ Seinfeld is in the midst of a rich vein of form, with recent EPs on Lobster Fury and Endotherm only enhancing his rising reputation. This collection of analogue-rich, alien techno workouts on Natural Sciences is, predictably, also rather good. There's a pleasing looseness to the clattering drum machine hits, thrusting analogue bass, psychedelic electronics and cut-up vocal samples of "Vaping Lyf", while "Ruff Hysteria" sounds like late '80s Chicago deep house crossed with the fluttering, head-in-the-clouds innocence of early '90s ambient techno. On the flip you'll find the drowsy chords, hustling machine drums and wonky vocal samples of "Wombat Bounce" and the roughneck, hardcore style cut-up drum breaks and saucer-eyed chords of "What Kind of Sandwich Is This?"
I Saw Her Kiss Him In Front Of Me & I Was Like WTF? (5:13)
Bring U Back (5:51)
Too Late For U & M1 (6:40)
Time Spent Away From U (5:34)
With My Luv (6:05)
Another Way Back (5:15)
It's Just My Luv (6:02)
How U Make Me Feel (6:20)
U Hold Me Without Touch (6:31)
Come Thru For U (6:12)
Review: It's been a whirlwind 12 months for DJ Seinfeld, who has gone from "unknown entity" to hyped producer in what seems like the blink of an eye. There's little doubt that this debut album on Lobster Fury will simply enhance his credentials further. It's a typically dusty and lo-fi affair, but far more positive in tone than your average crackly techno full-length. The Swedish producer makes extensive use of rubbery synth basslines, hazy R&B and pop vocal samples and the kind of production tricks more frequently found on disco-house and old US garage records (while, naturally, rarely sounding exactly like either style). In other words, the album is full of attractive, floor-friendly party techno for those who like their cuts fun and funky, rather than stern and severe.
Review: Canadian disco dude Eddie C is back on Japan's Endless Flight, a label he has become a known staple of, with over a dozen releases in the last eight years alone, following up recent releases on Common Edit, Barefoot Beats and his own Red Motorbike. The Berlin by way of Banff producer gets deep down and dusty on the smooth jam "Horizon", followed by the super soulful groove of "Wanna Feel Free" on the flip, before closing with the seriously lo-slung funk on the wicked dub version.
Review: London based South African Esa continues the rich vein of form he triggered on his Dekmantel debut with this unique and refreshing EP on Endless Flight. Powered by loose limbed breaks and peppered with alluring, rippling African rhythms, sounds and melodies, the whole EP flicks and flares like we're still in the peak of summer: "Son Op" snaps and bubbles in mid 90s feel that wouldn't have gone amiss on Northern Exposure, "Bra Hugh" shimmers with a little tropical charm and a soothing velvet 80s Miami feel while "London Mix" is the most direct party jam with its strutting breaks and boogie style bass. Need a little contrast? Jump on the Beesmunt Soundsystem mix for some dark slo-mo tribal fun.
His Eye Is On The Sparrow (feat Carol Otis) (6:43)
Review: Detroit techno pioneer Robert Hood makes a surprising appearance on Will Saul's Aus Music this Winter, with a full length album under his funky disco/gospel referencing Floorplan alias - which he now operates in collaboration with his daughter Lyric. This two track belter features "Fiyaaaa!" which is the first single taken from their new LP and is a powerfully restrained effort, fuelled by the duo's penchant for hypnotic stabs, hands-in-the-air church organs and roaring diva vocals. On the flip, get ready for a divine moment of truth on the uplifting vocal house anthem that is "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" featuring the golden voice of one Carol Otis. Preach!
Review: Berlin-based Korean Peggy Gou has been surprisingly quiet since first bursting onto the scene back in 2016. Here, she returns to action having graduated from Technicolour to parent label Ninja Tune. Many may already have heard EP standout "It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)", a percussively ambidextrous beast based around a bouncy, off-skilter, snare-heavy rhythm track. It has been much discussed online after Gou included it her recent Resident Advisor podcast. On the B-side you'll find tracks representative of her developing style, which draws together elements of European deep house, electro, early '90s U.S house, the rubbery disco eccentricity of Maurice Fulton and the instinctive polyrhythms more often found in traditional African music.